Monday, December 5, 2016

Guided Inquiry allows students to connect globally. One of the emotional abilities we need to cultivate is empathy - in order to allow our students to benefit from the new information they discover. Here is a great article, courtesy of Mind/Shift that addresses this issue. Enjoy!

Why Empathy Holds the Key to Transforming 21st Century Learning

Empathy is a topic being discussed in the aftermath of this divisive presidential election. Thom Markham writes about how necessary empathy is for kids to thrive in school and modern life. Empathy is "the feeling of being able to understand and share another person's experiences and emotions." Markham describes some positive traits empathy can foster such as creativity, unity, collaboration and whole-child learning. It can also open up students for project-based learning and inquiry.

"Ready or not, education is entering an age in which social learning is the new norm," Markham writes. "Pure academics are giving way to increased opportunities for students to work together; teachers increasingly take on the role of co-learner and facilitator; listening, learning, and teaming are the new core skills. At the heart of this new skillfulness for everyone is the ability to forge deep connections lead to creative problem solving and positive pursuits. Taken all together, this makes empathy critical to schools. In fact, very soon we will need to invent a new taxonomy of learning that makes empathy the base of the learning pyramid." Learn more

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